Archive: 06/28/2013

Genomic analysis solves the turtle mystery

The turtle has always been considered somewhat odd in evolutionary terms. In addition to lacking the hole in the skull—the temporal fenestra—that is characteristic of the egg-laying amniotes, the structure ...

dateJun 28, 2013 in Ecology
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Gaia mapping the stars of the Milky Way

ESA's billion-star surveyor, Gaia, has completed final preparations in Europe and is ready to depart for its launch site in French Guiana, set to embark on a five-year mission to map the stars with unprecedented ...

dateJun 28, 2013 in Astronomy
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Exploring dinosaur growth

Tracking the growth of dinosaurs and how they changed as they grew is difficult. Using a combination of biomechanical analysis and bone histology, palaeontologists from Beijing, Bristol, and Bonn have shown ...

dateJun 28, 2013 in Archaeology & Fossils
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Weekend heat wave to bake western US

(AP)—Tigers at the Phoenix Zoo are getting frozen fish snacks. Temporary cooling stations are popping up. And airlines are monitoring the soaring temperatures as the western U.S. falls into the grips of a dangerous heat ...

dateJun 28, 2013 in Earth Sciences
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